There’s nothing like breaking news…

    …to arouse your students’ interest:
     On this page you’ll find recent news sources to create materials for the classroom

August 30, 2022

Pilot ignores fuel leak

consult the pages of FlightGlobal for full details as the news breaks.  Or read the text here.

July and August, 2021 

Africa: Do the Hajj movements affect your centre?  Read this interesting 2019 report from OPS Group

Lufthansa replicates sharkskin to boost fuel efficiency of cargo jets

Friday May 7, 2021 

Have you ever heard of “biomimicry?”

Lufthansa Cargo next year will cover its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters with a high-tech coating that mimics the structure of a shark’s skin to reduce aerodynamic drag and fuel consumption. More information here

St Vincent (Caribbean) Volcano eruption

Friday April 9, 2021  Here’s a short clip by an inhabitant of St. Vincent in the Caribbean (nice accent!), filming and commenting the ash cloud from the recent volcano eruption. Not really aviation news but here’s why I posted it:

  1.   it’s a short and interesting clip for accent, structures and vocabulary.
  2.   I have two Norwegian friends there, on a sailing boat, so I have a daily account of their experience with the ash.  They just told me they have to put all their electronic items into plastic bags to protect them.

French forces help Sky Mali plane in bad weather landing.

Samedi March 27,  2021   105 passengers “saved” by French military in the tower. Do you know anything about this, Siaka ?
Here’s the link to the French Army posting (in French, sorry!):
https://www.facebook.com/Ponchardier/posts/869959876896884

Ethiopian Airlines 737 lands at Wrong Airport.

Monday April 4  An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 flying from from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD), to Ndola, Zambia (NLA) landed at the wrong airport near its destination. Check out this news report from Ethiopan’s publication, “Gatechecked.com.”

Boeing 777 engine explodes over Denver

February 20, 2021.  A Boeing triple-seven suffers an engine explosion shortly after takeoff from Denver, showering residential areas with Debris.  The pilot was able to land the plane safely and there were no injuries on the ground. Click below to choose a BBC report, a local TV station report or an experts view of what would have happened if the engine had failed over the ocean:

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NASA’s Perseverance lands on Mars. 

February 19, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance landed on Mars.  You can link to the exciting video by clicking the button below.  There is also a transcript of the video and an interesting diagram, taken from NASA’s press conference presentation after the successful landing.

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You’ll probably need a transcript of the video.  It’s sometimes rather technical and the recording is sometimes deteriorated. Here’s a downloadable transcript.

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